Los Osos Watershed

 You can’t see much of the Los Osos Watershed from ground level but from 600 feet above it is clearly a very complex ecosystem. See more of my Morro Bay photos.  

Mountain of Gold

 Montana de Oro State Park is spanish for Mountain of Gold. The park is named for the yellow wildflowers that cover the park during the spring. I’ve been to Montana de Oro during June of 2002 and saw a lot of wildflowers then as well but since this is mid-July I’m wondering if the flowers …

The Uniqueness of California’s State Parks

 In the previous post, I wrote about the impending closure of 70 California State Parks. Though Montana de Oro State Park is not on the proposed closure list, it is just one of the many unique treasures that we have in California. All of the state parks preserve some aspect of natural history or human …

Montana de Oro Seascape

 The bluff trail in Montana de Oro State Park has some very unique scenery and I’ve long been waiting for the right conditions with great light. I thought there might be potential for a great sunset but it turned out to be overcast. A faint amount of sunlight did make it under the cloud cover …

Budget Travel Magazine Cover

 I was at the grocery store yesterday and noticed my front cover for Budget Travel Magazine on the newsstand. Budget Travel is a first-class publication to work with; very professional and thorough. After the photo editor selected the McWay Falls photo, their caption copywriter interviewed me over the phone for about a half hour to …

Los Olivos

 Los Olivos is set in a very picturesque Santa Ynez Valley. Definitely my sort of place. See more of my California Central Coast pictures.  

Figueroa Mountain Scenic Landscape

 There were several raving reviews about the wildflowers at Figueroa Mountain last week so I decided to check it out for myself. I went there last year and there were poppies, carpets of lupine, bush lupine, etc… everywhere but this time there was a decent poppy display but hardly any lupine or anything else for …

Pleasanton Ridge

 A casual early morning hike along the Pleasanton Ridge accidentally became a long grueling trek up and down numerous hills and oak forests. My friend grew up in the area and was supposed to have known the trails like the back of his palm but even then we got lost somewhere along the way by …

Wyandotte Caves

 This post was inspired by my Monday night guilty pleasure, The Bachelor. Yes. I am secure enough with my masculinity to admit that I watch it! But anyway, Brad Womack took his date to a cave in Costa Rica on last night’s episode and that reminded me of Wyandotte Caves. I visited Wyandotte Caves several …

Why You Place Your Tripod Holes

 A chimpanzee could follow the crowd, plop his equipment down in a well-worn tripod hole and get a good photo of Schwabacher’s Landing in Grand Teton National Park just like the millions of other photographers that have previously done so. Where is the essence of nature photography in doing so? Jousting for prime location at …